Fiskens reveals Rétromobile collection
To celebrate its 25th anniversary year, Fiskens has presented a spectacular line-up of historic racers at Salon Rétromobile in Paris.
Well-established as a season opener, the event is said to be the go-to European show of its kind.
Fiskens, acknowledged as the foremost dealer in fine historic automobiles, crosses the Channel every year to present its latest consignments to the motoring cognoscenti.
This year, examples range in age and character from an early 1894 Peugeot racer to a 1975 Lamborghini LP400 Countach ‘Periscopica’.
Unveiled earlier this week, the Fiskens collection (Stand 063 in Pavilion 1) did not fail to disappoint. The motorsport laurels represented within the collection are momentous, with period contenders from Le Mans, the Paris-Rouen, Mille Miglia, Monaco Grand Prix, and the Tour de France all on offer.
A highlight of the ensemble is the rare and coveted 1931 Alfa Romeo 8C Spider by Zagato, driven by both Enzo Ferrari and racing legend Tazio Nuvolari in period.
Widely recognised as one of the most important examples of its type, this supercharged straight eight pushed performance to another league.
The 8C Spider is complemented on the Fiskens stand by legendary sports cars of different eras. The mid-thirties is ably covered by the mighty 1934 Talbot AYL 2 and the famous Alpine-bodied Dr Roth car with its extensive Brooklands history. Meanwhile, the fifties is represented by a 1952 DB3 Aston Martin, one of only ten built and with an extensive period race history, including the British Grand Prix Sports Car race at Silverstone and the Tourist Trophy Race on the Isle of Man, as well as the stylish 1959 Lister Costin Chevrolet, which was the first Costin-bodied Lister to be powered by Chevrolet with period Goodwood history.
Other racing gems offered at the show include a 1894 Peugeot Type 5, believed to be the eleventh placed finisher in the 1894 Paris-Rouen, recognised globally as “the world’s first motor race” and an exceptionally rare 1963 Porsche T6B 356 Carrera 2GT, Tour de France entrant and winner of the 12 Heures de Huy.
For single seater devotees, the United States Grand Prix-winning 1978 Ferrari 312 T-3, driven by both Carlos Reutemann and Gilles Villeneuve, is a veritable slice of Formula 1 History. Having claimed pole position at the 1978 Monaco Grand Prix, this Ferrari has been a striking sight at the Monaco Historique in recent years.
Click play on the video below to see the Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 in motion. Its regarded by automotive connoisseurs as “the finest pre-war sports car, with a legendary design that’s talked about in the same breath as the Ferrari 250GTO and the McLaren F1.”